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Thursday 18 January 2018

Dutch king was KLM 'guest pilot' for 21 years

King Willem-Alexander will retrain to fly Boeing 737s
King Willem-Alexander will retrain to fly Boeing 737s

Dutch passengers on KLM flights might have recognised the co-pilot's voice when he introduced himself on the airline's Cityhopper services - it was their king.

King Willem-Alexander told national daily De Telegraaf that he has ended his role as a regular "guest pilot" on KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 planes after 21 years and will retrain to fly Boeing 737s.

The 50-year-old father of three and monarch to 17 million Dutch citizens calls flying a "hobby" that lets him leave his royal duties on the ground and fully concentrate on piloting the plane.

He told De Telegraaf "that, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying".


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